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What firearm(s) would you recommend for home protection?
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Posted on 01/06/2013 9:42:01 PM PST by ru4liberty

This question pertains to a diminutive woman in her mid-60s. She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner, RTC instructor's cousin, co-worker, etc.) that the best thing to have is a shotgun. They pretty much said that sometimes the only thing a perp needs is to hear the cocking of the shotgun and he'll flee the scene.

I wanted to tap into the expertise of those FReepers who are knowledgeable of such things so I can pass along the info. Also, her funds are limited (fixed income), so any recommendations that would keep her from having to spend too much and where would be the best place to buy it would be helpful.


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I would appreciate any help my fellow FReepers could provide for her. Thanking you in advanced.
1 posted on 01/06/2013 9:42:11 PM PST by ru4liberty
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To: ru4liberty

12 ga shot gun.


2 posted on 01/06/2013 9:43:43 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty
diminutive woman in her mid-60s

20 ga shot gun

3 posted on 01/06/2013 9:45:01 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty

Remington 20 gauge pump shotgun should work.

Any pawn shop should have one.

Cheap like 100 to 200 bucks.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 9:45:52 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Amen.


6 posted on 01/06/2013 9:46:37 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty

Shotgun. No need for accuracy, just point and spray.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 9:47:45 PM PST by HerrBlucher (Praise to the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation)
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To: ru4liberty

If she is good with the 38, get another. More likely to have the smaller gun close by than the shotty.


8 posted on 01/06/2013 9:47:50 PM PST by wrench
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To: ru4liberty

Winchester 370. Cheap and use it once the target appears. A shot from 6ft even close will stop the intruder.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 9:48:30 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: ru4liberty

I have a snubby airwieght .38
Stings like hell and I cant hit **** with it.

Get a shotgun for the house.
Its 3 AM and trouble is happening, who has time to aim?


10 posted on 01/06/2013 9:48:57 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty; mylife

What Mylife said. Point in the general direction. Precision aiming not required. Ocassional range time for familiarity, proper control and confidence.


11 posted on 01/06/2013 9:49:16 PM PST by TADSLOS (I took extra credit at the School of Hard Knocks)
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To: ru4liberty

This may sound odd, but I’m a big proponent of a .223 rifle. Easy to shoot, accurate and the rounds tend to break up when the hit something, so they aren’t a big problem with over-penetration.


12 posted on 01/06/2013 9:49:52 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: ru4liberty

If she has a .38 she’s all set. Shotguns are heavy and unwieldy for an older woman.. She can easily carry the .38 and she can’t keep a shotgun under her pillow either!


13 posted on 01/06/2013 9:51:17 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: ru4liberty

If you can handle it a 12 gage shotgun with 00 buckshot.


14 posted on 01/06/2013 9:51:44 PM PST by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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To: ru4liberty

>> She has a .38 handgun but has been told by a few people (shooting range owner...

I may be reading too much into this... but if she has a .38, and she’s comfortable and proficient with it (as in she goes to the range regularly?) maybe she doesn’t really need ANYTHING else, besides someone to dispel the FUD she’s become afflicted with.

Although a good and HANDY shotgun is never a bad idea, either, IMHO.


15 posted on 01/06/2013 9:51:51 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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Just don’t shoot the grandson or something like that


16 posted on 01/06/2013 9:51:51 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty

A shot gun might have too much kick for a woman of your age.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 9:52:19 PM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: ru4liberty

Yes


18 posted on 01/06/2013 9:52:19 PM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: ru4liberty

Shotgun. Period.
Preferrably a double barrel or a pump.


19 posted on 01/06/2013 9:53:07 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: ColdSteelTalon

No need for buck shot IN the house.


20 posted on 01/06/2013 9:53:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ColdSteelTalon

That’s my suggestion. she can practice with target loads. If she were a big woman, I’d suggest throwing away that pea shooter and getting a .45.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 9:53:41 PM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: ru4liberty

Remington 870 12 gauge pump. Affordable, effective and always goes bang.


22 posted on 01/06/2013 9:53:45 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: MediaMole

>> This may sound odd, but I’m a big proponent of a .223 rifle.

So where can I find one of those on short notice?

;-)


23 posted on 01/06/2013 9:54:04 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: ru4liberty

I don’t know why they continue to push the shotgun as the primary defense weapon for people with limited mobility or strength. The shotgun is a relatively large weapon and certainly not ideal for an elderly woman.

A .38 revolver is a good choice, but the trigger pulls on the DAO/hammerless models like the S&W 642 may be too much for elderly women. My neighbor (about 80) bought one and his wife cannot use the trigger (age, arthritis).

Try holding a shotgun and a phone (or a flashlight). Try opening a door while holding a shotgun. Now imagine you’re an elderly woman.

And God help them if they actually fire the thing.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 9:54:12 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: ru4liberty

Based on my experience, few things bring instant calm to an area like the sound of a shotgun racking a round into the chamber.


25 posted on 01/06/2013 9:54:19 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: ru4liberty
Bear in mind there's a little hyperbole going on here - at home-defense ranges you do actually have to be pointing at the target since the shot spread isn't much bigger than a baseball. If you just want the general direction, try a blunderbuss loaded with nuts and bolts.

Seriously, the thing to concentrate on is training, not some ideal magic-wand firearm that takes no training and hits its target every time. If I ever run into one of those I'll buy it. Until then, practice, practice, practice...and then more practice. Hey, it's your life at stake - isn't it worth a little time?

26 posted on 01/06/2013 9:54:31 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: mylife

A 12 guage would blast a large hole in the wall!


27 posted on 01/06/2013 9:54:44 PM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: HerrBlucher

The spread of a shotgun in self-defense ranges (abouy 7m, average) is not that much. However, looking down a long barrel will help in aiming.


28 posted on 01/06/2013 9:55:41 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Lancey Howard

Two ought a do it.


29 posted on 01/06/2013 9:55:41 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty

FYI, back in the “Andy Griffith days” the .38 revolver was standard police issue. It may not be enough to handle modern meth-fueled zombies, though.


30 posted on 01/06/2013 9:56:13 PM PST by The Duke
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To: wrench
For most people a shot gun. Use bird shot. Slugs and buck shot will go through walls and injure or kill someone you are not shooting at. In an average room the shot pattern will be only 4 to 6 inches wide so you need to be aiming at what you are shooting at. Shotgun patterns do not spread as wide as most people think at close quarters.
31 posted on 01/06/2013 9:56:24 PM PST by kempo
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To: ru4liberty
Good luck and best wishes for her.

I hope she finds something that works for her needs and budget.

32 posted on 01/06/2013 9:56:50 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: upcountryhorseman

7 1/2 shot should work fine in the house.


33 posted on 01/06/2013 9:57:04 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Billthedrill

And remember the Amish warning; I mean you no harm, English, but you are standing where I intend to shoot...


34 posted on 01/06/2013 9:57:34 PM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: The Duke

I think that is a good point.


35 posted on 01/06/2013 9:57:54 PM PST by Christie at the beach (I like Newt. Our nation's foundation is under attack.)
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To: HerrBlucher

“Shotgun. No need for accuracy, just point and spray.”

Stupid answer I’m tired of hearing.
Indoors, there is no appreciable spread. Accuracy is still important.
Outdoors at a range where the spread is appreciable, you’ll need a rifle.


36 posted on 01/06/2013 9:58:11 PM PST by ctdonath2 (End of debate. Your move.)
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To: mylife

I keep a new mosquito near me and I think 10 varmint rounds into a perp could be very effective as well. Shotgun gets first lick though.

If they really wake me from my slumber, Gumby 23 wakes up.


37 posted on 01/06/2013 9:58:16 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: kempo

Agreed.


38 posted on 01/06/2013 9:58:23 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty

What are the stats on home invasions? Not burglaries, or house break ins when no one is at home, I am talking about an intruder brazenly breaking into a house occupied by other than a lone female occupant, such as a family of 2 to 4?

If those odds are realistically high, my thinking is a shot gun would be best. It sprays the shots, so no need to practice. If the odds are very small, I would’nt bother with a gun.

In the case of OP, the situation is a female living alone. That warrants a gun IMO. My thinking is a shot gun blast would stop or scare the intruder faster than a .38.


39 posted on 01/06/2013 10:00:21 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: MediaMole
Except that the 5.56 likes to just keep on going if it is FMJ. We liked to do penetration tests decades ago to see what USMC flak jackets would stop. M1 Carbine and .45 ACP no problem. 5.56 zipped through both sides. Went through bunker logs very well too.

Maybe hollow point and frangible rounds are better, but I would not want to be downrange of someone blasting away inside a house with a mouse gun.

The advice about a shotgun is valid, but ignores the takeaway aspect. A small woman is in no way going to wrestle with a thug grabbing the barrel. She may get off a shot, she may lose the gun.

I have no experience with them, but since she knows revolvers, why not one of those Judge type .410/.45 revolvers? As I said, no personal experience with them. May be too much to handle.

40 posted on 01/06/2013 10:00:34 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: eyedigress

I would not dismiss a 22 but in the middle of slumber in the dark ye old shotgun rules.

Just identify your fear before pull the trigger.


41 posted on 01/06/2013 10:00:54 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: eyedigress

Gumby 23?


42 posted on 01/06/2013 10:02:03 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ru4liberty
Nothing wrong with the .38 if she gets a lot of range time. For greater accuracy and capacity she might want to look into a semi-auto 9mm or .40 cal (Springfield Armory XDM series), and range time.

For home defense, get a German Shepherd: great companionship and fear-inducing bark/look.

43 posted on 01/06/2013 10:03:14 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back The Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: ru4liberty

Ithaca Mag-10 “Roadblocker”

Seriously a nice pump 20 ga. should work fine. Get some light field/skeet loads if you are recoil sensitive. This is close range work anyway.


44 posted on 01/06/2013 10:03:25 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: ctdonath2

This is about indoors.


45 posted on 01/06/2013 10:03:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

I name my guns. Glock .40


46 posted on 01/06/2013 10:03:39 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: ru4liberty

There have been many stories here on FR about women breaking off attacks and in some cases killing the attacker with small handguns. As others have said, she’s good with what she has, especially if she’s comfortable with it. The macho men are steering her the wrong way.


47 posted on 01/06/2013 10:03:58 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: ru4liberty

She could get the Beretta Xtrema2 12ga. semi-auto shotgun and has minimal recoil (can be fired with one hand). It can fire 12 rounds in less than two seconds. Check out the video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2mFcsa7mw


48 posted on 01/06/2013 10:04:08 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
Shotguns are heavy and unwieldy for an older woman..

I beg your pardon???

49 posted on 01/06/2013 10:04:29 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: DTogo

Puppy is just ‘sposed to wake me so I can grab the shotgun.
LOL


50 posted on 01/06/2013 10:05:26 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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